Florida State crushes Duke behind EJ Manuel

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — EJ Manuel tossed two touchdown passes and Devonta Freeman ran for two more scores to lead No. 11 Florida State to a 48-7 victory over Duke on Saturday.

Tyler Hunter returns a punt for a touchdown during    the first quarter of No. 11 Florida State's rout of Duke.   STEVE CANNON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Tyler Hunter returns a punt for a touchdown during the first quarter of No. 11 Florida State's rout of Duke.

Florida State’s win coupled with North Carolina State’s loss to North Carolina puts the Seminoles back in control of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Atlantic Division while Duke (6-3, 3-2) dropped out of the undisputed lead in the league’s muddled Coastal Division.

Florida State (8-1, 5-1) rolled up 560 yards in offense while limiting Duke to 232.

Tyler Hunter returned a punt 75 yards for a score and Dustin Hopkins kicked a
career-best 56-yard field goal to help the Seminoles offset four fumbles.

Duke quarterback Sean Renfree completed 13 of 21 passes for 92 yards before leaving the game in the second quarter with an unspecified head injury.

NORTH CAROLINA 45, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 35

In Chapel Hill, N.C., Gio Bernard returned a punt 74 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 13 seconds left, helping North Carolina stun rival North Carolina State to end a five-year losing streak in the series.

Bernard’s punt return capped a huge day for the sophomore tailback, who ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns. He also had eight catches for 95 yards to lead the Tar Heels (6- 3, 3-2), who trailed 35-25 entering the final period in a back-and-forth game that lived up to the rivalry hype.

North Carolina hadn’t beaten the Wolfpack (5-3, 2-2) since Tom O’Brien took over in Raleigh in 2007, but finally halted that skid under first-year coach Larry Fedora.

BOSTON COLLEGE 20, MARYLAND 17

In Boston, Chase Rettig completed a 14-yard touchdown pass to Johnathan Coleman with 52 seconds left to give Boston College a victory over Maryland (4-4, 2-2).

The victory snapped a five-game losing streak for the Eagles (2-6, 1-4) and helped them avoid their worst start since 1989.


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